Name: Because You Love to Hate Me
Authors: Renée Adhieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon (edited by Ameriie)
Genres: Young Adult, Anthology
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
Featuring writing from . . .
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon
BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
KEY WORDS: Villains, short stories, fairytales, retellings.
Having read books by Renée Ahdieh, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab and Samantha Shannon, I thought Because You Love to Hate Me would be a good investment, even if I only enjoyed their stories and as the title of the anthology suggests, we all love to hate villains. Not only did I really love these retellings of classical, mythical, fairytale and new villains, I also found a load of new authors who I now want to check out.
Each story brings something new to a traditional tale or fabricates their own story from a prompt given to them by a booktuber. The booktuber then gives commentary on the story in a short excerpt after the tale.
I shan’t tell you the prompts of each story because my favourite thing was reading them and trying to work out the prompt which was occasionally quite complex and other times as simple as saying, “This villain. Go!” What I will tell you is to look out for the following stories as these were my favourites (though it’s definitely hard to choose):
- The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni
- Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon
- Marigold by Samantha Shannon
- You, You, It’s All About You by Adam Silvera